Health Watch -- Men's Health: Male Breast Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about health issues that affect men. You're probably well aware of breast cancer and how it affects women. But did you know that men can develop breast cancer, as well?

Breast cancer is much more common in women, but more than a thousand men in the United States are diagnosed with it every year, and about 400 men die from it. Dr. Phil Evans, director of the Center for Breast Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says the diagnosis and treatment for male breast cancer are similar to that for women. Most male breast cancers are found when men detect a painless lump in the breast area. The lump may be evaluated with a physical exam, mammography or ultrasound, and a needle biopsy will be used to diagnose cancer. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

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June 2006

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